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All About the Guatemala Visa

Are you thinking of visiting this Central American country in the near future? In addition to well-preserved Mayan monuments and stunning landscapes, this small nation has an open visa policy.

At present, foreign visitors from over 80 countries can enjoy this nation’s volcano-ringed lakes and surfer-friendly waves without a travel authorisation. This includes the US, UK, most European countries and Canada. With just a valid passport, these eligible nationals can explore this country, from its Pacific beaches to its Caribbean coast, for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

If you are not exempt from a tourist visa, then you must submit an application to the nearest embassy or consulate before you can venture into Guatemala’s lush jungles or ancient cenotes (sinkholes). At the moment, there is no eVisa for Guatemala available.

Fortunately, at Byevisa, we want to make getting a Guatemala visa easy, so we’ve done the hard work of researching the travel policy details. The result is an informative guide with all the best tips on how to travel to Guatemala with a visa.

What are you waiting for? Keep reading and see how we can make your upcoming trip to Guatemala as breezy as a day on Monterrico beach.

Guatemala Visa Requirements and Eligibility

Fortunately, many nationalities are visa-exempt for visits of 90 days within a 180-day period. Within this time frame, foreign visitors may leave and enter the country multiple times.

In this case, all you need to explore this country’s colourful colonial streets is a passport valid at least 6 months past your travel dates and with 1 blank page per entry. You will also need to hold proof of a return or onward flight.

To see if your country is visa-free, just select your nationality in our eligibility checker tool.

Or, find your nationality in this list below:

Antigua and Barbuda
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
France (includes French territories)

Marshall Islands
The Netherlands (Aruba and Netherland Antilles)
New Zealand
North Macedonia

Republic of Korea
Russian Federation
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Sao Tomé and Prîncipe
Saudi Arabia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom (Nationals from Hong Kong whose passport is marked as “Nationality British” also classify for Class A entry permits)
United States of America (including Guam)
Vatican City

Guatemala Visa Application Process

If your country is not on this list of exemptions for a Guatemala visa, you can still enjoy a Central American adventure by applying for a tourist visa at your nearest embassy or consulate. There are just 4 main steps to follow.

1. Make an appointment at the relevant consulate

To find the embassy closest to you, check out our helpful Embassy Finder Tool. It’s a good idea to contact the embassy early, as some nationalities may require a previous consultation or interview.

When you speak to the consular section, they can give you an idea of whether an interview will be necessary as well as the Guatemala visa interview timeline.

2. Fill in the application form

Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll need to gather the supporting documents (more details on these below) and fill out the application form. This form can be found on the embassy’s webpage or will be emailed to you when you contact the consular section.

3. Drop off your documents at the embassy

The day of your appointment, bring all your documents, along with copies, to the embassy. If there’s no embassy representation in your country of residence, then you can ask the nearest embassy in a neighbouring country for details on how to send your application by mail. Usually this involves sending a package with a tracking number along with a pre-paid return envelope.

In some cases, you may be asked to conduct an interview. This is simply to judge whether there’s a risk that you’ll overstay the time allotted in your travel authorisation. Help convince your interviewer by showing strong ties to your country of residence. This can be supported with Certificates of Employment (CoEs), proof of university enrollment, bank statements, etc.

4. Receive your approved visa

Following your appointment, your application will be reviewed by the consulate and you will be informed about the outcome. Be sure to check your email regularly, as this is the main method of communication for most embassies.

Guatemala Visitor Visa Form and Documents

Now that you have an idea of the steps to take, here’s some more information about the form you’ll need to complete as part of your application. You’ll need to provide the following details:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Contact information
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number and date of issue/expiry
  • Your place and country of birth
  • Current nationality
  • Marital status
  • Current occupation
  • Employer’s name and address (for students, the name and address of your school)
  • Your travel dates and itinerary
  • The purpose of your visit
  • Details about previous visits to this country
  • The type of visa you wish to apply for (Single-Entry, Multiple-Entry, Business)

Once this form has been completed and signed, you’ll need to present it along with:

  • A passport photo (measuring 3.5 x 4.5 cm).
  • Proof of a return ticket and accommodation.
  • Proof of sufficient funds for your stay (credit cards, bank statements).
  • Health insurance.
  • The corresponding fee (more information on this point below).

In addition to these documents above, there may be some nationality-specific information that you’ll need to provide. If this is the case, your embassy will inform you in due course.

Guatemala Tourist Visa Status Check

You can check with the embassy where you applied regarding the status of your application. Once the process is complete, the consular section will contact you at the email address given on your application.

How Much Does a Guatemala Visa Cost?

Guatemala visa or entry fees can be paid directly to the embassy by money order. Here’s a breakdown of the current prices:

  • Single-Entry tourist pass (90-day validity): 25 USD
  • Multiple-Entry tourist pass (90-day validity): 50 USD
  • Multiple-Entry business pass (180-day validity): 50 USD

More Information on How to Get a Visa for Guatemala

Please find below our FAQ section with further useful information on travel to this country. If there’s something we haven’t covered, just ask!

If you’re from one of the exempt nations listed above, you may stay for up to 90 days within an 180-day period. You may enter and leave the country multiple times within this period.

If visa-exempt visitors overstay, it’s important to pay the fine before attempting to leave the country at an airport or land border. This can be done at the main Migration Office in Guatemala City.

Processing time depends on your nationality, and can take between a few days to a few weeks. It’s best to consult your embassy for an approximate timeline.
Unfortunately, this type of entry authorisation is not available at this time. If you need a permit to visit, please follow the steps outlined in the sections above.
US citizens do not need a travel authorisation to visit this country for tourism for up to 90 days. So long as you carry a passport valid at least 6 months past your date of entry and with at least 1 blank page per entry stamp, you’ll be good to go!
No, as long as your UK passport has at least 6 months validity, you can visit this fascinating country multiple times for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
If you are travelling with a diplomatic or service passport, you do not need an entry authorisation to visit this country.

If you hold an ordinary passport and are travelling for tourism, you should fill out the Guatemala tourist visa application following the process outlined in the sections above.

If you hold a diplomatic passport and are travelling on an official mission, your entry authorisation will be waived.

Pakistani nationals holding ordinary passports, however, have to consult your nearest embassy about your specific procedure and the need for an interview.

This agreement, also known as the CA-4, allows freedom of movement between El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

A foreign visitor who enters one of these countries can travel by land (but not by air) to another country in the bloc without having to request a separate entry authorisation.

In other words, your approved Guatemalan visa grants you 90-day entry to the 3 other signatory countries so long as you cross their borders by land.

No, there’s no need to print your travel permit. It will be stamped in your passport by the embassy’s consular section.
If your travel authorisation is denied, you can contact the embassy’s consular section for further details. However, if you follow the steps outlined above carefully, you can greatly reduce your risk of this happening.
A passport with at least 6 months validity is required for both exempt nationals and visa applicants. If you plan on exploring the heart of the Mayan world in the near future, it may be a good idea to check your passport’s expiry dates.
If one of your nationalities is visa-exempt, we would encourage you to use it to enjoy this country’s natural beauty visa-free. If not, then it may be a good idea to contact your respective embassy to see if there’s an advantage to applying with one passport over the other.
The local currency is the quetzal (currency code: GTQ). While US dollars are widely accepted, it’s a good idea to keep some quetzals on hand at all times. When visiting local restaurants or small markets, smaller bills or centavos (coins) are always appreciated.
Yes, in general this Spanish-speaking country is considered quite safe. It’s always a good idea, however, to practice common-sense safety habits such as keeping an eye on your belongings and avoiding large crowds and demonstrations.
There is no risk of yellow fever in this country. However, if you are visiting from an area where this disease is prevalent, you will be asked to show a certificate of vaccination.

Zika and malaria are both found in this country. For information on how to protect yourself, we recommend speaking with your doctor before you travel.

Here’s a sample of the stamp that will be placed in your passport before you travel. Guatemala Visa Sample
Find out more about this historic nation in our other articles below. Happy travels!
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